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Singing in Spain (hopefully not in the rain!)

April is a perfect time to be returning to Murcia, Spain to sing Handel’s Messiah with the Vivace Classical Choir.

It’s just that time of the year when we’re all thoroughly fed up with the winter rain and cloud here in the UK and even on brighter days there’s still the threat of early morning frosts and a biting cold wind (at least here in the North East). Spanish sunshine is just what we need although with rehearsals and three performances in 5 days there won’t be much time for sitting round the pool!

The performances will take place in the Casa de Cultura in San Miguel de Salinas; La Siesta Church in Torrevieja; and the Iglesia del Colegio de Santo Domingo in Orihuela. The soprano solos in Handel’s Messiah are a joy to sing but all require different techniques and sills: the vibrant ‘Rejoice Greatly’ has to sound totally effortless (although it most certainly isn’t). A totally different technique is required to make ‘How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace’ sound calm and contemplative while ‘I know that my Redeemer liveth’ has to be both tranquil and joyful at the same time. The beautiful long phrases require good breath control and the ability to resist the temptation to slow down. Hopefully it will all be alright on the night. One of the great things about singing in Spain is that the audiences are fantastically supportive, turning up in large numbers at classical concerts and showing great enthusiasm. I can’t wait to get there!